On this page: Information about the Swindon Art Gallery and Swindon's remarkable collection of 20th century art.
About the Gallery
Swindon's remarkable art collection now has a reputation as one of the best of British 20th Century Art outside London. Housed in the Swindon Art Gallery, it was established by local benefactor, H J P Bomford, during 1944 from a generous donation of works.
These donated works form the nucleus of the collection and include many of the major British artists of the day such as Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, L S Lowry, Paul Nash and many others.
A more recent acquisition was Laundromat Locomotion, consisting of 12 photographs by Turner Prize short-listed artist, Steven Pippin.
Artists in the collection include: Terry Frost, Howard Hodgkin, Gwen and Augustus John, Maggi Hambling, Ivon Hitchens, Christopher Le Brun, and Lisa Milroy.
There is also a significant collection of studio pottery, with works by David Leach, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper among others.
The Art Gallery is housed together with the Swindon Museum. Admission for both is free.
Disabled/Special Needs Access
There is a dedicated parking bay and ramp access to the ground floor of the museum. The Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is spread over several floors so please contact museum staff for full access details.
- Gift shop
- In close proximity to shops and refreshment venues within the Old Town area.
The Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11.00am–3.00pm.
Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery has an enthusiastic group of friends. The friends organise an annual series of talks, raise funds to help the Museum and Art Gallery's purchase fund and provide volunteer support for activities within the venue. Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is also one of the host venues for the highly-acclaimed Swindon Festival of Literature.
There is a full and varied activities and exhibitions programme. To join the museum mailing list, receive a twice-yearly programme, or for details of how to become a Friend of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, please contact us (see below for contact details).
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Tel. 01793 466556